Wednesday, September 20, 2017

TOMB RAIDER - Official Trailer #1

Yesterday my tweet feed got really worked up over the premier of the new Tomb Raider trailer. There were a lot of "Is this the first good video game movie?" takes, which first off is ridiculous. Mortal Kombat was the first good video game movie. Secondly, I don't think this trailer looks that great. Call me an old crank but this just looks like 2 hours of the cut scenes from the video game.

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE the new Tomb Raider video games and I think they're ripe for adaptation but this almost looks to close to the source material. The action scenes don't look super cool, they kind of look ridiculous and full of questionable CGI. Also if the movie follows the breakneck pace of the video game, we might as well call it Crank 3: Jungle Boogaloo.

Which I guess would be cool... I don't know. I think I just talked my self into liking this trailer.

Jimmy Kimmel on Bill Cassidy’s Health “Care” Bill

I'm not sure when Jimmy Kimmel became the voice of political reason but F it, Donald Trump is president, anything's possible. Last night he gave a very clear and concise reason why the new Cassidy Graham healthcare bill is straight trash. He didn't end his monologue with girls bouncing on trampolines or anything but it's still worth your six minutes.

The thing I don't think most people realize or acknowledge is that insurance companies are these huge profit driven businesses. They only make money by paying out less than people pay in. I feel like a lot of Americans believe insurance is some sort of savings account, you pay in every month and when you get sick you get to make a withdrawl. That's why you see so many people fighting for lower premiums for younger healthy people. They're not pulling as much money out why should they put more money in? Why should they pay to cover all sorts of procedures they'll never, or likely never, use? They don't want to admit that the basic insurance model is socialism, with the insurance company taking 30% off the top. Everybody contributes so that the people that need to use it can.

It's a fine model when you're talking about your car or your house. It's terrible when we're talking about real human beings. No insurance company should say "sorry, you've had enough" when it comes to medical treatment. Even the shittiest people are priceless, and private insurance hinges on putting a price on everything.

On the plus side, I feel like we're closer than we've ever been to adopting a single payer system. Just ten years ago it would have been political suicide. Now the most popular Senator in the country is actively pushing a plan. That's kind of amazing.

I'm not crazy, when it comes down to it I'm pretty jaded against all things politics. I'm sure that a single payer system would be a giant clusterfuck too, but our current system, and the old system the GOP wants to go back to, is straight up class warfare, where the rich and the healthy succeed and the sick and the poor either die or go bankrupt trying to stay alive. That's about as far from the American dream as you can get.

Sorry for getting on my soapbox, next post will be about video games I promise.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Success

Friday, September 15, 2017

Unmaking Links

The Making and Unmaking of Iggy Azalea. This is a really interesting article on the rise and fall(?) of old Igloo Australia. It's funny because after reading the article it's hard to say that she didn't work hard for her success, but you could definitely make the argument that even with all that work she didn't really "earn" it. It'll be interesting to see if she ends up a flash in the pan or if her career can recover from some very strong criticism.

Hydra And Red Skull Cosplay Banned By Rose City Comic Con. I've seen these Hello Kitty Nazis at ECCC before. I guess they were at RCCC somewhere, also there was another group just dressed up as SS troopers that somehow I missed. I'm pretty fine with the ban. Portland has a bit of an issue with Neo-Nazis so even ignoring the current political climate I can see how they would want to address this in this way. Frankly with all the nut jobs out there and mass shootings going on I get a bit uncomfortable anytime I see cosplayers in realistic military gear. I'm cool with fake weapons and like Halo combat armor but some of these guys that want to dress up like characters from COD are just a bit unnerving. I guess that's a weird hair to split but I'm totally splitting it.

Fan Films to Watch Right Now. I've seen the Punisher short film listed here and it's definitely legit, really makes me wish Thomas Jane had gotten one more chance at Frank Castle. The Power Rangers one is a bit less engaging, it's too over the top and in love with its own concept. Still if you have a few minutes to burn it worth checking out this list, there's some other good ones on here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rose City Comic Con 2017: The Review

It was fun! The end.

Ok, I'll elaborate. This last weekend I drove down to Portland to attend Rose City Comic Con for my second time. It was a lot of fun. The convention is about half the size of Emerald City Comicon (yes, the two conventions spell the words comic con differently) but half the size is still 40,000 attendees over 3 days. It's a big convention that attracts a good amount of celebrities and comic book professionals. Since it's about a 3 hour drive I spent the night in Portland on Saturday. The original plan was to go down with my wife but something else popped up so I was flying solo.

Did I mention already that I left my pass (ie ticket) at home? Yep, I arrived to the Oregon State Convention Center about 20 minutes after the doors opened Saturday morning to realize that I had left my freaking pass back in Seattle. I'm very lucky that the convention staffers were awesome and my wife was smart texting me a couple pictures of my pass at home and I was able to get a replacement. Man, I don't know what I would have done. Drive back home? Buy tickets at the door and blow my budget? All the options were pretty crappy.

The convention itself was pretty standard RCCC fare. I bought some comics, visited some writers and artists, watched a few panels. More or less the same stuff you can do at Emerald City except there's more space to walk around because the Oregon Convention Center has a great layout. Getting to panels is a bit weird because for some reason RCCC insists on labeling the panel rooms something different than what the convention center does so none of the signage matches. However, once you've found a room they're easy to find again. I didn't catch any of the big celebrity guests this year. Weird Al was there but his panel was on the day before I drove down, William Shatner's was too late on Sunday considering I had to drive back home that night. The rest of the big celebs that actually interested me a bit had conflicts with some smaller panels on comics that I really wanted to see.

I spent about half of what I spend at ECCC, which is good because I'm still broke from plumbing issues last month. The comic book selection was great. Lots and lots of dollar bins. You can always find high priced key issues at a convention but finding really good stuff in the dollar bins is tough. I also bought some prints from a few of my favorite artists and got a couple sketch books. The best part of the whole thing is I got really inspired to produce more art. I've even committed myself to getting a booth at an artist alley in the near future. Not at RCCC or ECCC, those tables costs a ton, but at one of the smaller conventions that have popped up around the region over the last few years. Don't get me wrong most of the artists at RCCC draw circles around me, but there were a couple booths where I was like "eh, I do better work that this". And at a smaller convention the overhead is pretty low... anyway this isn't what I was writing this review.

I'm looking forward to going back to RCCC next year. I'd love to spend the full 3 days but man, getting a hotel was pricey. Also I don't think I want to go by myself next year. If my wife can't come I'm definitely taking my son. Walking around all day looking at cool stuff but not really sharing it with anyone is kinda boring. It's cool for a couple hours but then you find yourself eating dinner alone at the bar and it's like... ugh. Making friends with strangers is a game for 20 year olds, not 40 year olds.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Economics 101

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Best of Eric Andre Show

You ever watch the Eric Andre show? I've caught a handful of episodes when I'm up late looking for something on TV to drown out the silence while drawing. At times it's really funny. Kind of reminds me of the old Tom Green show. When your entire schtick hinges on zany behavior it's inevitable that some things will fall flat. The 46 minute highlight reel is probably too long for most to sit through but I watched about half of it the other night. Lots of good stuff in there.

I read somewhere that a lot of the guests he had on his show were completely unfamiliar with it so some of those shocked reactions are genuine. I'd love to see some follow up on that, like a quick interview with the guests after they're leaving the studio. It looks like a few celebrities had fun with it, while others probably fired their publicist.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy Force Friday Everyone!

Did you know it was Force Friday today? Do you even know what Force Friday is? Basically it's the day our Disney overlords have decided to make merch for the next Star Wars movie available in stores. Some stores are doing "events" but for the most part its a big social media ploy to get people talking about cool new toys.

And no new Star Wars toy is cooler than the UCS (Ultimate Collectors Series) Millennium Falcon. It's been a good 10 years since Lego has released a UCS Falcon and this one makes the old one look like a pile of crap. It's roughly 7,000 pieces strong and will only run you about $800. I'm not going to lie, I'm tempted to buy one and store it in my garage for the next 10 years. The UCS Falcon that they made 10 years ago is incredibly expensive on the secondary market. It cost something like $300 new and now in the box unopened they can go for around $1,500.

Considering this is the second UCS Falcon they've made and it's already really expensive, I doubt you'll see that some sort of return on investment as the original set but it's still pretty tempting. Of course if my son ever found out that I bought one of these and never let him play with it he's probably kill me in my sleep. Maybe I'm better off just admiring it from afar.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Street Fighter II anyone?

Capcom, in conjunction with some company I've never heard of called iam8bit, is re-releasing Street Fighter II for the SNES. It's kind of cool until you realize it costs $100. Seriously $100 for a 16 bit game that was released 25 years ago. It glows in the dark and comes with a box, so I guess that's worth the extra $75 it costs at Game Lobster.

Frankly if it's not Turbo or Championship edition I'm not paying more than $9.99 for it. If I can't use E.Honda's hundred hand slap, and move, what's the point?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Marvel's Inhumans - War For Their World

Sooooo, Marvel's Inhuman's debuts in theaters this Friday. Have you bought your tickets yet? Has anybody bought their tickets yet? Marvel may have spruced up the CGI on Medusa's hair but man, this still doesn't look that great. Certainly not "I'm gonna pay $15 and go see this in the theater" great.

I guess it's cool and all that a concept as weird as the Inhumans is getting a TV show but man I just wish it didn't have to look so mediocre. It doesn't look like the next coming of Game of Thrones, it doesn't look like the next coming of BSG or The Expanse, it doesn't look like the next Lost, it looks like some middling studio exec put the minimal amount of effort into combining all three of those shows. I mean, if this was exclusive to Yahoo or Crackle it would seem just about right.

Who knows, maybe this will be awesome. I've been known to be wrong every now and then. Just last Sunday I thought it would be a good idea to start watching the Game of Thrones finale at 11:30pm. It was not ideal.

Friday, August 25, 2017

You Can All Be Lesbians

I have never heard of the CBC show Mr D, that this clip comes from but I don't think it really matters. It's funny because kids have no frame of reference to things from the past.

Usually I say that sarcastically but in this case, it's actually very funny. My son has asked me a few questions just like this when I start talking about how it was like when I was a kid. The other day he wanted to know what WWII was like...

Thursday, August 24, 2017

An impressive Japanese Rube Goldberg machine

Ever since Chunk did the truffle shuffle I've liked Rube Goldberg machines. There's just something satisfying about watching them do their thing, physics in action and all that jazz. This one popped up on my tweet feed yesterday and hoooo baby is it good. The thing they do with the flipping whiteboard might as well be considered magic. If they did this 100 years ago I'm positive they would have been burned at the stake.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Overwatch: Rise and Shine

Two Overwatch shorts in as many days? It's Christmas in August. Speaking of Christmas, it's getting pretty close to Christmas time.

Yeah, I know I sound like an insane person. But a large part of my job consists of projecting estimated sales 3-4 months in advance and guess what's 3-4 months from now? Plus the other day at Costco they were already selling Halloween costumes. Crazy huh? Pretty soon we're going to have two shopping seasons. Christmas and January.

I'm pretty pumped for Christmas. This will probably be the first year my daughter gets it 100% and the last year my son is still going to believe in Santa. I've already heard some kids he knows talking shit about the jolly guy so I wouldn't be surprised if actually had issues this year.

Where was I going with this? Oh yeah, this Overwatch short is pretty cool. Like I said yesterday Blizzard put so much work into the history and background of these characters. It's pretty amazing. I can't think of another first person shooter that cares about the characters as much as Overwatch does. Sure some shooters build these really incredible worlds but more often than not they don't put half as much thought into the characters than inhabit it. You can take the main characters from Gears of War, Halo, Call of Duty, Battlefield and they're completely interchangeable. They're not so much as characters but a projection of what the developers think is hero wish fulfillment.

Of course well developed characters doesn't keep me from wanting to smash my keyboard in every time Hanzo hits me with a scatter arrow from across the map. Stupid Hanzo.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Junkertown: "The Plan"

Blizzard announced a new map for Overwatch yesterday. As per their usual they did it with some flair. Over the last year a few people have asked me what I like so much about Overwatch and I'd say the biggest reason is that the game has TONS of personality. There are plenty of great FPS out there but short of Boarderlands I can't think of a game with such interesting and fun characters.

I mean I've been playing Halo for 15 years and I can tell you maybe 2 things about Master Chief. I've been playing Overwatch for just over a year and I can tell you a ton about all 25 playable heroes. Sure, a game has to be fun to play. That's like rule one about making video games. But if you can make the game fun to play AND have a bunch of fun, interesting, diverse characters? That's where you really strike gold.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Speak RX-1

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The President's a Moron

Man if you missed the presidents 15 minute press conference on "infrastructure improvements" yesterday you should really check it out. Odds are you've probably been bombarded with quotes from it already but in my humble opinion you really need to watch the whole thing.

The immediate takeaway is that he talk like a child who forgot to study for a book report. For someone who has the best words he sure hooks onto one small phrase and repeats it into the ground. I lost count at the number of times he says he wanted to get the whole story before making a statement. It's especially stupid when you remember he did put out a statement immediately after the events in Charlottesville and it was intentionally garbage. If you take him at his own word he didn't wait to get all the facts to lay blame on "both sides" of the protest there.

It's just all so amazing. Yesterday the president went on national tv and said that there were lots of fine folks on the alt-right side of the protest. I guess they just happened upon the protest being held by nazis and white supremacists by accident? Anyway, I haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet but I've heard this documentary on Charlottesville put together by Vice is pretty much required viewing. I'm going to check it out on my lunch break, for some reason I doubt I'll be less outraged after watching it.



The Amazing thing is this won't hurt the president at all. The odds were pretty good he wasn't getting re-ellected in 2020 anyway and there's zero chance a republican controlled congress is going to impeach him over been too casual with supporting racists. Half of those guys in congress owe their jobs to racists, they're not about to bit the hand that feeds them now. They'll just make some statements for a couple weeks and boom, tax cuts for the rich next month. Ugh, this country is so depressing.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Don't Worry Son...

Monday, August 7, 2017

First Look of Josh Brolin as Cable

A couple hours ago Fox (by way of Ryan Reynolds) released the first couple pictures of Josh Brolin as Deadpool's # frenemy Cable. For those not completely in the know Cable is one of the X-men. He's a mutant from the future sent back in time to stop Apocalypse before his rise to power, kind of like if the Terminator was a good guy. At this point he's probably the most popular/well know mutant to not have appeared in any movie yet. Dude was super popular in the 90s, so much so that he's what a lot of people think of when they think of terrible comics from the 90s. It's too bad, when Cable came out he was different an interesting, it's not Cable's fault that he was so popular they tried giving guns and leather jackets to the Avengers in an attempt to look cool and hip.

But back to the point, Josh Brolin looks really cool here. So much of what Cable is about is just in the way he looks. I mean you don't need to know a thing about him and just by looking at this you can tell he's some sort of grizzled war vet, with cybernetic parts, the glowing eye hints at some mutant powers to come. Here's hoping Deadpool 2 is just as good if not better than the first one. It feels like Fox is just starting to really get a hang of what to do with the X-men, it would be too bad if they took took a set back all of the sudden.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Old Links

Atari’s new Ataribox console will be like an NES Classic. As much fun as it it to imagine an Atari revival this thing looks like it's going to be a huge failure. There are already a half dozen different Atari retro consoles on the market and it's not like anyone is dying to play Yar's Revenge again. Don't get me wrong, I loved my 2600 when I had it but Atari games aren't that fun to play these days. I'll play combat or boxing for a few minutes but that's about it. This thing has Ouya written all over it.

By the by, I know all these links are super old but I bookmarked them and never got around to using them last month. I'd like to say that this month I won't be just as busy and will have more time to blog but that's a total lie. I'll probably be lucky if I get to 10 posts this month.

Frank Darabont's Furious Emails to His Walking Dead Coworkers: 'Fuck You All'. The e-mails they have published here are pretty funny. It's obvious at the time Darabont was writing them he either thought he was getting fired or really wanted to get fired. It's amazing to think looking back on it now that Season 2 was pretty much DOA due to AMC's insistence on cutting the show's budget in half. Now a days its the biggest thing on TV. The showrunners could probably get an old space shuttle if they wanted to do a couple zombies in space episodes.

Star Wars' Firing Reveals a Disturbance in the Franchise. Lots of people wrote about this but the Hollywood Reporter probably had the best breakdown of the exact reasons Lord and Miller were fired from Han Solo. It's pretty interesting stuff and goes to show you Disney is not messing around with the Star Wars franchise. That's probably a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. We're probably never going to see a director go completely off the rails and turn in a crap movie but on the other hand there's no room for a real talented auteur to come in and carve out a piece of lore for him or herself.

Japan’s Most Ridiculous Wrestling Promotion Hits Somewhere Near The Big Time. DDT-Pro Wrestling is crazy pants. Like they have some ultra serious looking matches with some of the hottest young talent around and then they'll follow it up by putting a title on a table. Like literally a figuratively, the table's the champ now. I wish I could justify spending the cash on their subscription service but I'm already spending too much on other stuff every month. In the meantime I'll just have to keep following them on twitter, which is still pretty fun.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 SDCC Cosplay

Our friends at Sneaky Zebra (I say friends because one of them e-mailed me like 3 years ago) posted this cosplay video of last week's big ol San Diego Comic Con. It starts out with a guy firing up his Zune so you know it's going to be good.

Speaking of Zune's did you know Apple officially discontinued the iPod nano and shuffle today? It's tough finding a stand alone mp3 player these days. I know its because the market for them is pretty dried up but it still sucks. I actually prefer using one over just my phone but I know I'm in the super duper minority. The last one I bought was made by some Chinese company I'd never heard of. Maybe I should stock up on them in case they all disappear forever.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Overwatch League Players Will Get Paid

Quite a few months ago I passed along the info on this new Overwatch League thing Blizzard is trying to create. Essentially they're setting up their own Lingerie Football League but it's for video games and there are less wedgies (I assume). Since the official announcement details haven't exactly been flying from camp Blizz but today they had a big blog post that highlights some specifics of the new league. The big one is how much players will make.

The League minimum is 50K and they're requiring team owners to offer health insurance, some sort of 401K/retirement program and housing during the season. That's not bad. I mean it's weird/not weird that they expect you to move into a house with your team. That's pretty standard stuff for professional gaming I guess, but it's certainly not ideal if you want any sort of family life.... which I guess if you did you wouldn't be a professional video gamer, but whatever, I digress.

The minimum salary will be boosted by winnings earned in the league and tournaments. $3.5 million is supposedly up for grabs during the first season. On paper it sounds great, it will be interesting to see if Blizzard can make it all work in practice. One of the big obstacles I see stopping it is presentation. You need viewers for a league like this to work and there's a pretty big difference in watching streams on twitch and actually watching an entire 6v6 match up. Fighting games and strategy games lead themselves to showing all or most of the action on one screen. With an Overwatch tournament you have to be constantly switching first person points of view to tell what's actually happening in a match. The one tournament I watched was ok but it was less than ideal. The presentation leaned heavy on the announcers explaining what was happening.

I wish everyone involved luck, the more professional video gaming out there the better. My son is going to need a job eventually.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok SDCC Trailer

One of the trailers that made a lot of hay at San Diego Comic Con last weekend was this new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. It's not hard to understand why, it's funny there's some cool looking action and the character/art design is really interesting bad ass.

Almost no one claims the first two Thor movies as their favorites of the Marvel Universe, which is a shame, I think Thor is a much more interesting character than Iron Man or Captain America. Marvel just hasn't found the right mix of action, humor and drama to really connect with the audience. So far Ragnarok looks like it's on the right track. It's like the made a Guardians of the Galaxy movie with the Avengers and Jeff Goldblum.

Friday, July 21, 2017

This comerical for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is perfect

I did not enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 as much as I did the first one, however this commercial for GOTG2 is pretty much the most perfect thing ever. I want to live in this commercial or at the very least get a cool polo/sweater combo like this smooth dude here. If you look closely he has two collars popped. TWO!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ah! Bear Attack!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ESPN: Not a Fan of Virtual Butts

Last Sunday ESPN broadcast the EVO 2017: Street Fighter V finals. Yeah, professional video games on ESPN. It's been happening for a while now so that's not the surprise here. The surprise here is that ESPN made a gamer change his fighter's skin because he was playing as Cammy and Cammy has been all about the thong since 1993. Specifically he had to change from Cammy's default outfit to her "formal-wear" DLC outfit.

It's kind of funny to me that ESPN would have an issue with this just a week after they shipped their body issue. That thing is full of butts. Just butts everywhere. Also ESPN shows a lot of Beach Volleyball and while those ladies aren't jumping around in thongs the typical beach volleyball outfit shows a lot of cheek. Maybe they were worried that since this was a video game tournament there would be more kids watching? I don't know, seems like a weird hair to split.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Abandoned Soviet Space Shuttles: Exploring The Unbeaten Path

I think I posted a link a while ago about the abandoned Russian Military base that still houses one of their space shuttles. If I didn't I apologize because this is kind of a cool history thing. Essentially the Soviet shuttle program was abandoned decades ago and the base was just shuttered but a lot of stuff was left in it, including an unfinished shuttle.

The base is pretty well knows but I guess it's not the easiest thing in the world to get to, there's still active Russian security keeping people out of the site. These guys from this YouTube channel I've never heard of made the trek out there and took a ton of cool footage of the base. Apparently they lost a lot of their footage but what they have is well worth taking a quick break from TPS reports.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Get Bent Komo 4

A couple weeks ago John Oliver did a segment on Sinclair Broadcast Group, highlighting how they're requiring stations they own to run conservative editorials and how they're trying to expand their footprint across the nation. Around the same time The Seattle Times also did a story about Sinclair focusing on how a lot of the staff at Komo 4 weren't very happy with the mandates from their new corporate overlords. This whole thing is gross and a pretty good example of how unfettered capitalism and the free market screws all of us.

Crosscut has more about that here.

It used to be that media companies like Sinclair were heavily regulated, it was something like they couldn't own more than 6 stations and never two stations in the same market. If they're allowed to acquire Tribune Media they'll own something like 220 stations including two in Seattle. The only people that's good for are the people that own Sinclair. It's certainly not good for the public, who are supposed to own and control the airwaves.

Anyway watch the John Oliver segment then watch the rebuttal from jackhole Boris Epshteyn. It's amazing that his takeaway is "um actually... terrorism is important". You can't even argue with people like this. They just immediately surround themselves with strawmen. No one is saying Terrorism isn't important Boris, we're saying your terrorism reporting is garbage and is politically motivated. It's a difference any rational person can see.



Gah, I need to stop writing about this and just get back to the salt mine. Thinking too much about this will just ruin my day.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Healthy Dinner

Beastie Boys | Sabotage | Sesame Street Mashup

You're welcome.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Microsoft's Xbox One X Benchmarks Revealed

Digital Foundry did some pretty thorough bench marking on the new X Box One X. Yeah, the video is a bit long but there's a lot to unpack with the new X Box One X, you can't just slap "4K gaming!!!" on the box and be done with it. These days with the millions of dollars companies spend on marketing it can be a bit hard wading through the ridiculous stuff like "enhanced pixels" to get to the actual important stuff like 10% lower rendering times.

Anyway, I'm still kind of on the One X bandwagon. I mean if I have to be dragged back to console because those jerk faces at Rockstar won't publish Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC then I might as well get the best and the shiniest.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Here's a Dollar...

Marvel's Inhumans - Official Trailer

It's a bird, It's a plane, no it's the trailer for Marvel's Inhumans and it doesn't look very good! There's a lot to unpack in this trailer and I don't really have time to write paragraph after paragraph on the Inhumans but yikes, this looks super boring and nothing like the Inhumans I grew up with. I guess the fact that Marvel demoted them from a feature length movie to a TV show that will premier in theaters says a lot about how confident they were in the property.

For those not in the know Marvel comics lore says that hundreds of thousands of years ago, giant space faring aliens called Celestials visited Earth and split the population into Humans and Inhumans. Humans were given the ability to evolve while Inhumans couldn't except through the introduction of a MacGuffin called the Terrigan Crystals. This somehow lead to Humans dominating the planet and Inhumans living in seclusion in a secret base on the moon.

Then 10 years ago Marvel movies started making huge bank and Marvel realized they gave away one of their best intellectual properties in the X-Men and Mutants to Fox for pennies on the dollar. Marvel needed a replacement for Mutants and turned to the Inhumans. The Terrigan Crystals were blown up and a cloud of mist roamed the earth randomly turning people with trace amounts of Inhuman DNA into super powered beings. Agents of SHIELD has done about 3 seasons of TV taking old mutant storylines and applying them to the concept of Inhumans. It's kinda trash and it's my least favorite thing at Marvel right now.

Back to the TV show, man this looks boring. It's like the decided to remake Game of Thrones but without all the violence and sex. Also what's the point of filming a TV show in Imax if all the scenery is going to be super dull? I'll probably check out a couple episodes of the show just because I'm a completist but I can't imagine going to a movie theater and paying 15 bucks to watch it. Good luck with this Marvel, hopefully you get those X-Men rights back soon so we can go back to the Inhumans being all freaky deaky like they should be.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Dog 911...

Are You Ready For Some Mini-SNES Action?

Hot off the heals of it's very successful (and nearly impossible to find) NES Classic, Nintendo has announced that this September they will start selling a mini-SNES. $80 gets you the system, two controllers and 21 SNES Classics including: Super Metroid, Super Mario World, F-Zero, Star Fox and a previously unreleased Star Fox 2.

I'm a bit torn on the whole thing. For $80 I could put together 3 Retro PIs and load up pretty much every SNES title every made for free. Of course as cool as the Retro PI is it never quite feels like the "real thing" and I'm assuming with Nintendo's stamp of approval this is going to feel pretty genuine. I don't know, this Christmas I either want to pick up a Xbox One or a Nintendo Switch, I'm probably better off saving my cash. However if you don't want to go through the hassle of putting together a Retro PI, I'd probably jump on this. Those classic SNES titles are heads and tails better than the NES classics. Excitebike is fun to play for like 10 minutes, but the other day I put in a good 3-4 hours with my son on Legend of Zelda a Link To The Past.

Ah, why even bother thinking about it? This thing will probably be impossible to find in stores and getting one on Ebay will cost like $200. If I ever run across one maybe I'll grab it and try to flip it on ebay myself.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Everyone Play Dead!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Game of Thrones Season 7: Trailer #2

Wooohooo CleganeBowl CONFIRMED! Ok.... maybe it's not you know confirmed confirmed, but in this trailer I definitely see Sandor Clegane with a sword looking ready to chop a sucker up in the Dragon Pits outside of King's Landing. I'll eat my hat if he isn't facing off against his zombie brother Sir Strong.

This new trailer is seriously hot fire. The last one they had was cool and all but it didn't show off a ton of action, this trailer is like WHAM POW! Here's some dragons, John Snow is fighting wildlings, THIS ONE DUDE'S SWORD IS ON FIRE. I'm beyond excited.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mammoth Links

The top ten games to watch for after E3 2017. Lists like this remind me that I need to take a break from Overwatch for a while. Of course then Overwatch starts a new event and I'm all like "I NEED THAT NEW WINSTON DANCING EMOTE" and I'm back to where I started.

The Mammoth Pirates. This is a really interesting photo essay on dudes that hunt for Woolly Mammoth tusks every summer in Siberia. It looks like horrible work, and it pretty much destroying the natural environment but I'll be dammed if I don't think it's cool that there are guys literally harvesting 10,000 year old bones out of the frozen ground. I had no idea that was even possible.

The Untold Story Of WCW’s Glacier, And The Battle To Find Personal Happiness In Professional Wrestling. Warning, this is a very long article. Double Warning, it's also very very good so find a couple minutes in your day to check it out. Glacier was a sort of Mortal Kombat knock off wrestler who worked for WCW back in the late 90s, but the story isn't 100% about him. It's hard to describe but it's sort of a slice of Americana if Americana had to fight off skeleton warriors.

It’s so hot in Phoenix, planes are physically unable to fly. Turns out hot air provides less lift than cooler air and some smaller planes can't get enough lift to safely take off. Science is kinda heartless that way, it doesn't care if you have to get to Flagstaff by 2:30. It's hot, so you're staying put.

As a follow up, I once spent a couple weeks in Phoenix when it was in the high 110s, it might even have reached 120 that summer. It was incredible. You can barely catch your breath its so hot out. No one was outside doing anything, people were barely driving around. It was like a ghost town. Like a fool I tried to go for a bike ride one day, I got 2 blocks from the house and was like NOPE.

Friday, June 16, 2017

How To

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The DuckTales Main Title Sequence

Cartoons are really the only TV Shows that have cool title sequences anymore aren't they? Sitcoms now have cold opens and usually like 5 seconds of a jingle and that's about it. I'm not even sure what Dramas do. I watch a bunch but I can't even remember if say, The Expanse even has a title sequence.

Anyhoo, I like this new version of the classic DuckTales theme and I really like the new art style. If there's some way I can get over the new celebrity voice cast I might actually be able to enjoy this show.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Holy Links

How To Track Down The Holy Grail Of Subarus. I don't have any particular interest in Subarus but this article about a pilgrimage to Car Do Subaru Mitaka a Subaru dealer outside of Tokyo is pretty cool. Someday I'd like to have a car that has a really active community like Subaru does. Nothing against my Mazda 6 Wagon but there's not a lot of 6 Wagon clubs in Western Washington. I mean there totally should be, but people don't know what's cool around here.

What Microsoft got right and wrong at E3 2017. First off, Xbox One X? LOL.

The new Xbox looks like the system that probably should have come out when they launched the Xbox One but didn't because it would have cost like $1,000. Even if it's an extra $100 if I had to choose between the XBX or the PS4 Pro I'd pick the Xbox. It's the first console in a while that can sit beside your average gaming PC and look good, I mean it can't go toe to toe with a high end PC but next to a hodgepodge like mine it's very comparable.

It's too bad that while Sony was showing off all these cool exclusive games (or at least semi-exclusive map packs and DLC) Big Redmond was "stuck" showing Forza 7 and Crackdown 3. Also a lot of talk about backwards compatibility, which to me always seems weird. You have a chance to really make hay with your newest and shiniest toys and one of your big announcements is a game that came out 17 years ago? Good luck with that.

Still, if I end up forced to get a new console because those rat bastards at Rockstar won't put Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC I'll probably get an Xbox One X.

Sony PlayStation at E3 2017: The 15 best announcements. Speaking of Sony and their cool exclusive games, just watch the footage of the new Spider-Man game. Holy carp, that looks super fun. All the VR stuff they showed off looks doofy to me but I don't know. Maybe this time Virtual Reality will stick and not just be some brief fad.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2: Free DLC, better weapons, and new character classes. Do I dare get on board the hype train here? I finally got a chance to play Battlefront a few weeks ago and it was a pretty cool game. I know it got a lot of hate with your "hardcore" gamer but I don't know. What I saw I liked a lot. If they've taken that same experience and added to it? I might just have to drop the $59 and put down Overwatch for a few weeks.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Black Panther Teaser Trailer

I guess there was a big basketball game the other day and during it Marvel premiered the first teaser for Black Panther. I say I guess because the NBA has been dead to me ever since they moved the Sonics to Tulsa or something.

The trailer is super dope, extra super dope. I'm not the biggest Black Panther fan in the world but I have a pretty big soft spot for Christopher Priest's 60 or so issue run on Black Panther from the early 2000s. I'm hoping this hits that same sweet spot for me. I just watched Ant Man again a couple weeks ago and man did it hold up well. Something really refreshing about a movie where the hero doesn't necessarily have to save the planet or plant the seeds for the next Avengers movie.

Now I fully expect the last infinity gem or stone or whatever it is they call it in the MCU to be in Wakanda but outside of that I'm hoping this gives us a sort of contained techno-jungle adventure. Black Panther has a lot going on in his own world. I'm cool if Thor and the gang stay home for this one.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Should We Be Concerned

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Paths of Hate

I stumbled across this animated short film, Paths of Hate the other day and holy carp is it cool looking. I have no idea how they animated it like this, If it was all computers or some sort of modern day rotoscoping but the results are incredible. I'd be down for an entire feature length film that looked like this.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ant Man: Alien Invasion

Recently Marvel has released a few animated Ant-Man shorts by French filmmakers Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach. They're kind of fantastic, in fact there's no kind of about it. They're fantastic. The animation style feels like it's lifted right out of a Tales To Astonish from the 1960s.

Marvel never really has had a house animation style the way DC has had ever since Batman: The Animated Series. I'm telling you they could do a lot worse than patterning all their animated shows and films after this. Kids love fake retro stuff these days, or at least adults buying this stuff do. Kids don't even watch cartoons anymore, too busy with their fidget spinners and all that dabbing.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wonder Woman: Breaking Records and Faces

In case you hadn't heard Wonder Woman was a big hit this weekend. It passed $100 million domestically and had the biggest opening weekend for a movie directed by a woman. I know I've passed along tons of rumors about how there were behind the scenes issues and that the studio wasn't happy with the movie but believe me, I'm glad it was a hit. Yeah, when it comes to comics I'm a Marvel zombie but as far as movies and TV shows go I just want to see good stuff. I don't care what multi-billion dollar media conglomerate is behind it.

It's not just "Hey I like super heroes, so I want to see good superhero movies" though. A big blockbuster staring a woman, directed by a woman based on a comic book? That's good stuff, important stuff. Not important like universal healthcare for all, but its a blow to sexism and with when the president of the united states is grabbing em by the pussy a win, is a win, is a win.

Unfortunately I didn't get to see the movie this weekend. My son got invited to a birthday party (the day before the party!) so my Saturday plans were blown up. I'm going to try and check it out next weekend. I might not be able to be part of the record breaking opening weekend but maybe I'll be a part of the "not as huge of a drop off as summer blockbusters usually have" second weekend.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ok Neil

I think I've come to the sad realization that blogging during my breaks at work has become impossible. I'm not shutting up shop or anything, I'm just going to have to do a bit more from home and later at night than I'm used to. My goal next week is 5 posts, it might not be one a day but 5 total posts. I think we can do it!

Friday, May 26, 2017

I Don't Have Much Time Left...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Game of Thrones Season 7: Official Trailer

Hey everyone, it's a bright shiny new Game of Thrones trailer! Season 6, aka the one where they finally lapped the books, was pretty well received by casual watchers and huge GRRM nerds alike. I'm excited to see where things go in this, the penultimate, season. Just off the trailers and based rampant speculation I'm guessing this season will be spent building the final conflict. Of course, the added layer here is what's really the final conflict? The White Walkers invading Westeros or Daenerys storming Kings Landing and gaining control of the 7 kingdoms. Maybe those things will all happen at the same time? I for one wouldn't be surprised if they put Dany on the throne, trick the audience into thinking everything is settled and then throw an invading army of White Walkers at everyone.

Whatever happens it should be fun, I can't wait for July!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Generated Links

Universal’s Dark Universe risks being yet another extended universe franchise. Soooo, Universal is rebooting League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but they're making it into like 30 interconnecting movies and the kick off is Tom Cruise's sexy Mummy movie? Have fun with that. Maybe, and this is a big MAYBE if this was just a single movie with a bunch of monsters throwing down it could be interesting but what they have right now sounds like the worst attempt at getting some of that Marvel money.... except without the interesting characters or good movies.

Microsoft is placing a big bet on its new Surface family. The Surface is probably my favorite computer that I'll probably never actually buy. They're pretty and I like their functionality but they just cost too much. I'm already all in on PC gaming so nothing is replacing my tower that's a given. If I'm on the go there's not much I need to do that I can't do on my phone or my kindle. Or at least there's not a lot I would be doing because my kids won't give me a second to myself. The only thing I really didn't like here is they're adopting that awful Apple terminology where they're just calling the new Surface Pro, the "Surface Pro" so there's no way to casually identify it as the new unit and not one of the previous iterations. The comic book collector in my hates it when things aren't numbered nicely.

Strafe: Difficult, randomly generated Quake-like kicks ‘90s ass. Thanks to the new Zelda game I'm a week removed from having played Overwatch. Once I beat Zelda I might have to check out this game Strafe. Sounds like they're finally unlocked the secret to randomly generated levels that don't feel boring and repetitive. Plus I'm big into those retro graphics right now.

The Best-Looking Video Game Consoles Of All Time. Speaking of retro graphics. This list is short and sweet. The only one they missed that I would have included is this JVC WonderMega. Look at that thing. I'm not sure if it plays video games, launches missiles or drops the beat. In fact put a fan in the middle of it and I'm pretty sure it looks just like my latest graphics card. I bet it's ready for 4K gaming.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Destiny 2 - Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer

I think most people would concede that Bungie's billion dollar IP Destiny fell a bit short on its first iteration. Before the game released in 2014 expectations were really really high. It wasn't just that Bungie has a great reputation but they promised some pretty amazing things. Even with the luke warm response on launch I was still willing to give the game a try but it was scrapped for the PC, so that quickly turned into a non-issue for me.

But here comes Destiny 2! Yesterday they posted the first gameplay trailer and it looks cool enough. For a gameplay trailer its still pretty heavy on cinematics so that has me a bit skeptical, still. I'm really intrigued by a FPS/dungeon crawler hybrid. If this thing runs well on PC (yes it's PC confirmed!) and it can overcome some of the criticisms of the first one I'm willing to give it a shot. It doesn't release until September and I MIGHT be done with Zelda: Breath of the Wild by then.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Star Trek Discovery: First Look

Lookie here, it's the trailer for CBS's new show Star Trek Discovery. It looks good, perfectly fine. I doesn't look good enough for me to ignore all the horrible things you hear about it's production. I'm too lazy to link to anything specific but if you google it, it's out there. They lost their showrunner, it's been delayed by about a year, I believe I even read something about how the scripts have undergone massive rewrites. Not the kind of behind the scenes stuff that usually goes along with a great show.

Also this is going to be the first CBS: All Access exclusive show, so if you want to see it you have to pay $7 a month for it and unlimited reruns of Two and a Half Men and Hawaii Five-0. Honestly, I'm probably not even going to bother torrenting it unless I hear REALLY good things about it. I mean I already pay for cable and I can watch The Expanse every week. Why am I paying extra for a service I have zero interest in for a sci-fi show that's probably not going to be half as good as what I can already get?

Sometimes I feel like I'm an outlier when it comes to nerdy stuff like this but I have a pretty good feeling that I'm not alone on my thoughts of CBS's streaming service and this show. Either this thing flops huge and ends up on regular TV anyway or it flops moderately and it ends up on Hulu after a couple years. The people that watch CBS aren't paying for a streaming service and the people that are willing to pay for a streaming service aren't watching CBS, no matter how many Star Trek shows they have. Good luck with all that CBS, live long and prosper.

Monday, May 15, 2017

GLOW Official Trailer

If you had told me last year that in June 2017 I would be hotly anticipating a new GLOW TV show AND a Baywatch Movie I'd have been very incredulous for about 5 seconds, thought about it, and then said "you know, that sounds about right".

The only big problem with this is that it's on Netflix and right now Netflix is on super-ultra low priority at casa de Newburn. I'm about 5 episodes behind on Bob's Burgers, The Goldbergs, Fresh of the Boat, etc. Not to mention I haven't even started Luke Cage or Iron Fist. There's a VERY VERY slim chance I get to GLOW before Fall when the new season of everything starts. My only chance is if all the WWE stars start tweeting or Instagraming about it and my wife really wants to check it out. So, hopefully that happens.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Difference

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

This is Progress

British Wrestling is really hot right now. I mean I'm not watching any but the fine folks that make up my twitter feed are crazy for it. Specifically they're crazy for this promotion Progress. The trailer for This is Progress, a kickstarter funded documentary on the promotion gives you a quick glimpse as to why people are nuts for it. Or maybe gives you a quick glimpse of the people that are crazy for it. I guess that's kind of splitting hairs.

Hopefully they get their cash, documentaries on wrestling are usually pretty cool even when they're trainwrecks.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today's Star Wars weather

Apparently meteorologist Sian Welby from 5 News over in England somewhere really likes to sprinkle pop culture puns and references into her reports. She's done Back to the Future and Superman v Batman, Suicide Squad, etc. I know this clip is about a year old but what the heck, it's Star Wars day and I couldn't find anything else that was both interesting and quick to post.

ENJOY!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

World 1-1

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Details of His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease

I'm not going to lie to you, this monologue from Jimmy Kimmel had me in tears last night. First off, I can only imagine how awful it is to have your kid rushed to major surgery like that so soon after they were born. Just having my son born via "rushed" (emergency isn't quite the right word there) c-section was enough for me. When they wheeled my wife into the operating room and I had to wait outside while they prepped her, it was the longest 10 minutes. A couple months ago my daughter had to have an MRI for a spinal issue and that was equally nerve-racking.

My daughter is fine, in the grand scheme of things but we've been in and out of Children's Hospital the last couple weeks and have appointments scheduled through May. Some days it is tough going there and seeing all the medical issues kids have to deal with. Kids should be outside climbing trees or inside watching too much youtube, they shouldn't be in hospitals.

Anyway I'm missing my point, which is totally political. The United States of America is the richest nation in the world, probably in the history of the world. It's beyond ridiculous that we can't care for each others medial needs. My daughter's spinal issue (which again, isn't that big of a deal) is going to require an MRI every six months to monitor until it either goes away or she's done growing at the age of like 22. Even with insurance that's $3,000 an MRI and I'm not about to do the math to see how much that will cost in until she's graduated and has her own insurance. Without provisions for pre-existing conditions there's a good chance she would never be able to get insurance or if she could it's going to be insanely expensive.

I'm not saying I have all the answers or even any answers. I just know that in a nation with this much wealth its ridiculous that anyone should have to go bankrupt because they needed medical care. How some people are cool with stockpiling tanks we don't need and nuclear weapons we hope to never use, but heaven forbid we pay for someone's liver transplant is beyond me. People's lives aren't just another line in the budget, whatever it takes to keep kids, mothers, fathers, brothers, aunts and uncles alive and healthy is money well spent.

Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now. My next post will be a Mario cartoon or something.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Disaster Links

Modern “Hackintoshes” show that Apple should probably just build a Mac tower. It is hilarious to me that Apple hasn't updated the Mac Pro in a couple years. Do you have any idea how long a couple years is in PC computing power time? It's like dog years. I'd be surprised if the Mac Pro could even run Zork. If I was a musician or graphic designer who really really "needed" to run Mac OS you better believe I'd build my own. It's insane that they expect you to pay a premium for out of date hardware, but I guess that's the Apple way.

A Tech Bro Charged Thousands for an Island Getaway That Turned Into The Hunger Games. OMG you guys, have you been keeping up with the Fyre festival disaster? I know this story popped last Friday but it's been a busy few days. Long story short is the Fyre Festival was sold as "what if Coachella was in a tropical paradise and everyone there was super rich". Tickets went from a mildly unreasonable $1,200 to an absurd $250,000. Turns out the guys running the festival had no idea what they were doing, all the bands canceled and the people who went there expecting super luxury conditions got cheese sandwiches and disaster relief tents.

I Worked at Fyre Festival. It Was Always Going to Be a Disaster. “Let’s just do it and be legends, man." That's your money quote from some Fyre Festival exec who was told the event would cost 50 million to produce and STILL wouldn't live up to what was hyped. Then they fired almost everyone working on it. I'm assuming to save some cash for those cheese sandwiches. Seriously man, this first hand account of how poorly planned this festival was is amazeballs.

$100 Million Lawsuit Claims Fyre Festival Owners Knew It Was Doomed All Along. And here's your lawsuit! Looks like there's some evidence that the promoters actually told certain high end guests to stay away knowing was a shitshow everything was turning out to be. Of course they let all the other suckers fly out the to Bahamas anyway. The absolute best part about all of this is they're still planning on a Fyre Festival 2018. Good luck selling that amigos.

Star Wars THE LAST JEDI - Easter Eggs & Predictions

I've been so busy the last few weeks I'm not even sure I posted the trailer for The Last Jedi. So lets just skip that and go straight to this Easter Egg breakdown from The New Rockstars. There's definitely some good stuff in there that I missed the first dozen times I watched it. I'm not 100% sure their educated guesses to storyline points are more than guesses but hey, it's always fun to speculate. Plus my son watched this with me yesterday and said I need to put it on my blog. Not even sure he knows what a blog is yet but that was a fun Sunday,

Friday, April 28, 2017

#BuyMyVitara - Suzuki Vitara '96 for sale

Holy cow does this guy know how to sell his Vitara or what. I mean if I didn't need 4 doors for the kids I'd throw all the money I have at this thing. $487, that's enough to get a '96 Vitara, right? He does say it needs some paint, that's at least $300 off Blue Book.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In Another Castle

Friday, April 21, 2017

These Teens KNOW NOTHING ABOUT 90'S HIP-HOP AND SHOULD FEEL BAD!

Here's one of those videos where a bunch of teenagers don't know about something that happened 20-30 years ago and everyone is either supposed to be shocked or feel old. I mean sure I guess it does that. What it really highlights is something I've been thinking about a lot lately while stuck in traffic listening to my old man jams.

My generation (gen-X) is going to be the first generation of grandparents who were really into hip-hop, right? Sure, there were probably some really hip 30 or 40 year olds that loved Run DMC when they first came out but for the most part Gen-Xers are really the first generation raised in a culture where hip-hop was fully accepted and incredibly popular. How weird is that going to be? Bunch of super old dudes just chilling at the retirement home bumping Enter the Wu-Tang or Ready to Die. Hopefully they'll have a really big screen tv with a killer retro-game emulator, maybe some Surge on tap.

Welp, I'm ready to retire now.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap - Launch trailer

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap was a game released way way back in the late 80s for the Sega Master system. From everything I've heard and read about it, it was one of the best games for the Master System but since it was for the Master System pretty much no one has ever heard of it.

Well some crazy genius decided to dust off the old Sega IP for 2017 and they just released a new updated version of the game for all the new shiny systems (except PC, which doesn't ship until June). It looks really fun. I've been playing a lot of Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater lately so these kinds of updated 2-d side scrolling fight em up games is right up my alley. I can't wait to check this one out.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Tribute To Carrie Fisher

Today started the big old Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, if you're not familiar with Star Wars Celebration it's like Comicon but just Star Wars and they don't exactly have it every year. ReedPop the same people that own and run NYCC and ECCC run it. Whatever, that doesn't really matter.

Today they premiered this really nice tribute to Carrie Fisher, they also announced a bunch of other stuff like new toy lines and books and a cartoon. The thing that made the most hay on the internet was this tribute. It's all Star Wars, so it doesn't cover her writing career or anything, which I guess is to be expected. It's nice that even though she did a lot of other things in her life she's perfectly fine with being remembered as Princess Leia. It always kind of sucks when a celeb becomes really resentful of their big break. It's also impressive that she remembers all her dialogue, I bet you money Harrison Ford couldn't recite more than 3 lines.

Hey Brain....

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

KILLING IN THE NAME OF- played with toys

The Wackids (they're a real thing I swear) just posted this clip of them playing Rage Against the Machine's Killing In The Name Of on a bunch of kids toys and it's kind of fantastic. In a weird way it really captures how I've felt the last couple weeks at work learning the new computer systems. I really want to Rage but what's the point.

I hope they do No Shelter next.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer

Did you know that Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by one of the screen writers for Moana? Also did you know this new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok looks amazeballs? Because it does.

Even though I loved it, I know a lot of people felt that Thor: The Dark World was a bit of a misfire. Here's hoping Ragnarok catches some of that Captain America Winter Soldier lighting in a bottle and everyone both loves it and it makes a ton of cash. Just going off the trailer his movie looks like it introduces us to quite a number of classic Thor characters, Hela, Skurge the Executioner, Valkyrie, which I love. In the comics Thor has a really great cast of friends and enemies. Maybe not Spider-Man or Batman level but way more interesting than say Iron Man or Doctor Strange. It'll be fun to see a few of those classic characters get their time on screen. If for nothing else so I see more Hela cosplay at ECCC next year.

Oh yeah, Thor is going to fight Hulk too. That's cool.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel's Tribute to Don Rickles

Jimmy Kimmel had a really nice tribute to Don Rickles last night. Normally I find Kimmel a bit too cool for school as far as late night talk show hosts go but this was really heartfelt and moving. It's not exactly in my normal blogging wheelhouse but it was nice enough that I thought I'd share.

I spent a lot of time as a kid flying around visiting relatives, since my mom worked for an airline flights were pretty much free. When I flew I used to listen to the comedy channel a lot (this was pre-fancy in flight entertainment of course) so I became very familiar with the stand up acts of a lot of classic comedians like Don Rickles, Bill Cosby, Rich Little, Stephen Wright, George Carlin etc. I don't know what it was but United Airlines comedy channel was stuck like 10 years in the past so it was a lot of guys from the 70s and early 80s with like a single Seinfeld set thrown in their seemingly randomly.

I don't know, there's no real point to this it's just weird when celebrities you've grown up with die. It's like I've never known a world without Don Rickles busting peoples balls. I assume he's probably called St. Peter a hockey puck like 30 times already.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Part of my new, I don't have any time to blog, blogging schedule is going to be posting and commenting on stuff that's already WAY to old. This new Spider-Man trailer came out two days ago which is like 7 years in internet time. Most of the comic book geeks I follow on twitter are pretty hyped. I'm a bit more ambivalent.

I like Spider-Man, and I'm all for the further adventures of him even if they're on their 3rd actor in the last 10 years really I'm just tired of RDJ and Iron Man. Especially this new do as I say not as I do because I've screwed up so many different things, Iron Man. Get bent Tony and let Spider-Man be Spider-Man. He's never created a robot that almost killed the earth.

If you go by the trailer Iron Man is all over this, hopefully that's just trailer magic and he's in the movie for like 3 seconds.

Also, did I imagine it or did this trailer pretty much give the entire movie away. Like I'm pretty sure I know the entire plot now, and if we accept the fact that Spidey is going to beat Vulture we pretty much know everything. That's not good is it? A trailer should make you want to see a movie not outline the entire plot? I don't know, I'll probably wait for reviews. If it gets killed by critics this might not be a must see for me, sort of like Amazing Spider-Man 2 was. If everyone goes LA LA Land for it I might be able to fit a couple hours into my precious schedule.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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